College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, Ph.D.


Ph.D. University of Memphis, 1994

Contact Information:
Office: Johnson Tower 312
Phone: (509) 335-0170


Aging and Dementia Laboratory
Traumatic Brain Injury Research Laboratory
Smart Environment Research
To Participate in or Learn More about Ongoing Research Projects
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Classes Taught:

  • Psychology 198: Honors Introductory Psychology
  • Psychology 363: Psychology and Aging
  • Psychology 490: Cognition and Aging
  • Psychology 508: Gerontechnology
  • Psychology 537: Clinic Assessment Practicum
  • Psychology 575: Foundation of Neuropsychology

Research Interests:

  • Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • Everyday Functioning
  • Memory and Executive Abilities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Smart and Assistive Technologies
  • Aging and Cognitively Impaired Populations (eg MCI, AD, PD and TBI)


Recent Publications:

*Parsey, C. M., & Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (in press). Applications of technology in neuropsychological assessment. The Clinical Neuropsychologist.

*Weakley, A., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., & Anderson, J. (in press). Analysis of verbal fluency in amnestic and nonamnestic mild cognitive impairment. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. DOI: 10.1093/arclin/act058

*Tam, J. W., & Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (2013). The role of processing speed in the Brief Visuospatial Memory test-Revised. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. PMID 23682755

*Dawadi, P., Cook, D., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., & *Parsey, C. (in press). Automated assessment of cognitive health using smart home technologies. Technology and Health Care.

*McAlister, C. & Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (2013). Naturalistic assessment of executive function and everyday multitasking in healthy older adults. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition. doi:10.1080/13825585.2013.781990 PMID 23557096

*Dawadi, P., Cook, D., & Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (in press). Automated cognitive health assessment using smart home monitoring of complex tasks. IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems.

*Tam, J. W. & Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (2013). Event-based prospective memory and everyday forgetting in healthy older adults and individuals with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35, 279-290. DOI: 10.1080/13803395.2013.770823

*Seelye, A. M., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., Cook, D. J., & Crandall, A. (2013). Naturalistic assessment of everyday activities and prompting technologies in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19, 442-452. PMID 23351284

*Parsey, C. M., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., & Belenky, G. (2013). Sleep and everyday functioning in older adulthood. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32. doi:10.1177/0733464812458364 Schmitter-Edgecombe, M.,

*McAlister, C., & *Weakley, A. (2012). Naturalistic assessment of everyday functioning in individuals with mild cognitive impairment: the day out task. Neuropsychology, 26, 631-641. doi: 10.1037/a0029352 PMID 22846035

*Seelye, A. M., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., *Das, B., & Cook, D. (2012). Application of cognitive rehabilitation theory to the development of smart prompting technology. IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 5, 29-44. doi: 10.1109/RBME.2012.2196691 PMID 23231987

*Sanders, C. & Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. (2012). Identifying the nature of impairment in planning ability with normal aging. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34, 724-737. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2012.670210. PMID: 22506736

*Das, B., Cook, D. J., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., *Seelye, A. M. (2012). PUCK: An automated prompting system for smart environments. Personal & Ubiquitous Computing, 16, 859-873. doi: 10.1007/s00779-01100445-6

Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., & *Seelye, A. M. (2012). Recovery of content and temporal order memory for performed activities following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34, 256-268. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2011.633497 PMID 22220505

*Pavawalla, S., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M. & Smith, R (2012). Prospective memory following moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury: a formal multinomial modeling approach. Neuropsychology, 26, 91-101. doi: 10.1037/a0025866 PMID 21988127

*denotes student author

Grant Support

Improving Awareness, Training in and Access to Aging Services Technologies (ASTs) for individuals with Dementia, their Caregivers, and Health-care Providers. Attorney General’s Office, Washington State, 2013-2015, $206,103. PI.

Smart Environment Technology for Longitudinal Behavior Analysis and Intervention. NIH: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. #R01 EB015853 2012-2016, $1,566,691. PI

A Multi-dyad Cognitive Rehabilitation Intervention. Alzheimer’s Association. 2011-2013, $320,000. PI.

Smart Environment Technologies for Health Assessment and Assistance. NIH: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. #R01 EB009675 2010-2014, $1,276,966. PI.

Integrative Training in Smart Environment and Health Technologies. National Science Foundation. IGERT funding. #DGE-0900781 2009-2014, $2,999,928. Co-PI.

Aging, Sleep and Cognition: Pilot Project. Proposal Development Stimulus Grant, Washington State University, 2013-2014, $26,392. Co-PI.

Identification of Parkinson’s disease Motor States from Body-worn Sensor Data. IGIS Team Building Grant. Washington State University, College of Liberal Arts. 2012-2013, $5,000. PI

Biomarkers, Caregiving and a Multi-dyad Cognitive Rehabilitation Intervention. Berry Family CLA Faculty Excellence Fellow funding. Washington State University, 2011-2014, $25,000. PI.

   Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-4820, 509-335-2631, Contact Us